IN PICTURES: AKRAM KHAN TAKES ON AN ANCIENT ROUND SPACE

9 – 24 January 2016

Multi award-winning choreographer and dancer Akram Khan MBE presented the world premiere of Until the Lions at the Roundhouse in January 2016. The piece was an adaption from part of poet Karthika Naïr’s book Until the Lions: Echoes from the Mahabharata, an original reworking of the epic Mahabharata. Combining the Indian classical dance form kathak with contemporary dance, it explored themes of gender and sexuality, and the changes that time forces on the body.

Chung-Ying Chien

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From left to right, Christine Joy Ritter, Ching-Ying Chien and Akram Khan. At the back, singer Sohini Alam

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Akram Khan in rehearsal

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Christine Joy Ritter and Akram Khan

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Christine Joy Ritter, Ching-Ying Chien and Akram Khan. At the back, composer Vincenzo Lamagna

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Ching-Ying Chien and Christine Joy Ritter

Credit: Jean-Louis Fernandez, under the Creative Commons licence CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

The construct of a round space is ancient. So what was beautiful was having this epic, ancient Hindu poem performed in this sacred, ancient space” – Akhram Khan

By Emily Kerr (Roundhouse Employee and Graphic Designer)

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